Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Stadion Pod Goricom will host Thursday’s football game between Montenegro and Serbia, the two former Yugoslavian republics. Montenegro aim to build on a 2-0 victory over Lithuania and seeing that they are tough to beat at home, the Serbs face an uphill task in their third group game. Mladen Krstajic’s charges kicked off their UEFA Nations League campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Lithuania, but they dropped two points in a 2-2 draw with Romania in Belgrade. As previously mentioned, the Montenegrins are a real force to be reckoned with at home, therefore, we predict the two sides are going to play out a draw in Podgorica. A man to watch in the away team will be Premier League attacker Aleksandar Mitrovic, whilst Serbia defenders should have Monaco attacker Stevan Jovetic at bay. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in a competitive match.
Highlighted Player (Nikola Vukcevic):
Nikola Vukcevic is yet another Montenegro footballer who plays for Braga as a midfielder. The 184-cm-tall player was born in Podgorica on 13 December, 1991. Vukcevic began his senior career at his hometown club Buducnost Podgorica and he was part of the team from 2010 to 2013.
The Montenegro footballer scored four goals in 65 league appearances for the club. In 2013 he joined Braga as a free player and he initially played for the reserve team. After making 31 appearances for Braga B he made his debut for the first team against Vitoria, coming from the bench in the stoppage time. Speaking of his international career, Nikola Vukcevic made his Montenegro debut against Ghana on 5 March, 2014 in a friendly game.
The Hrabri sokoli defeated the Black Stars back then. His main position is defensive midfielder, but he plays as a central midfielder and as attacking midfielder as well. Nikola’s contract with Braga expires on 30 June, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Serbia):
Serbia have been playing as an independent nation since 2006. The Serbs made it to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals and despite defeating star-studded Germany in the group stages of the showpiece tournament in South Africa, they eventually failed to book their place in the last 16. The Eagles, though, failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil as they experienced all sorts of problems in their qualifying group.
A number of top-class footballers played for Serbia and former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is regarded as one of the best players in the history of the Serbian national team. Vidic scored two goals in 56 appearances for Serbia and he announced his retirement from the national team on 24 October, 2011.
The Eagles play their home game at Stadion Rajko Mitic and it has to be noted that they defeated Czech Republic 3-1 in their first international game under the name of Serbia. Serbia play their home games in red shirts and red shorts, while the colour of their away kit is white.